Barrow meets with Waynesboro constituents

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Correction, Aug. 31, 2009: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to U.S. Rep. John Barrow as a senator. The Chronicle regrets the error.

WAYNESBORO, Ga. --- In spite of the letter behind his name, U.S. Rep. John Barrow emphasized to a crowd of about 75 people Saturday that he believes Congress should go back to the drawing board on the health care reform bill.

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Congressman John Barrow  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Congressman John Barrow

"This is 1,000 pages that need to be fixed," the Democratic congressman said at a park pavilion in downtown Waynesboro. "We have to figure out what's worth keeping and what's worth doing away with, but it's a mistake to think that everything that this bill stands for is wrong."

Mr. Barrow met with his constituents during his Congress on the Corner event to hear their concerns about the health care bill, veterans' rights, illegal immigration and other issues.

Most questions, however, were related to health care reform.

Waynesboro resident Scott Shepherd expressed concerned about the bill imposing coverage on taxpayers they don't want.

"I think most of us don't want this, and all we can see is intrusion and undermining our rights," Mr. Shepherd said as the crowd applauded.

Mr. Barrow said he opposed the bill presented to Congress in July because of the lack of tort reform and the cost inefficiency of the bill. He vowed to vote yes on a bill only if it would help secure health insurance for the 15 percent of people who cannot afford it without burdening taxpayers.

Robin Kosoris, of Effingham County, said he was pleased with Mr. Barrow's answers Saturday evening. He said he is uninsured because of hypertension and other health problems.

"It makes no sense that these insurance companies can pick and choose who to give coverage to, because of the monopoly that's in place," Mr. Kosoris said. "I feel Mr. Barrow does have the right attitude about this thing and the right ideas."

Buddy Faulkner, of Waynesboro, said though he feels Mr. Barrow is concerned about veterans, state-level Veterans Affairs officials are denying veterans their benefits.

Mr. Barrow said ensuring that resources are available and increasing oversight of state-level agencies would help ease the problem. This year, 40 percent more money was invested in veteran health care benefits compared to two years ago, he said.

"That's not enough, but that's 40 percent in the right direction," Mr. Barrow said.

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

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wcr250
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wcr250 08/30/09 - 03:14 am
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Barrow is a liberal joke, an

Barrow is a liberal joke, an idiot.He is a phoney and only speaks out after he tests the wind. he will do or say whatever will keep the fools who vote for him happy.

Georgiajack
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Georgiajack 08/30/09 - 07:39 am
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He has done a great deal for

He has done a great deal for veterans and a good job overall.

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southern2 08/30/09 - 08:03 am
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Why can't he have a real town

Why can't he have a real town hall meeting? Outside, middle of the afternoon, in August seems to be one way to control the crowd. Man speaks with forked tongue!

tombee
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tombee 08/30/09 - 08:10 am
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Who promoted Barrow to US

Who promoted Barrow to US Senator?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/30/09 - 12:01 pm
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wcr250 you post sounds a lot

wcr250 you post sounds a lot like Broun's characteristics in fact the same could be said for Broun verbatim where you have liberal put the word conservative there. There now read it with the inserted word.

jack
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jack 08/30/09 - 03:27 pm
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He has done a great deal for

He has done a great deal for veterans and a good job overall.
Posted by Georgiajack on Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:39 AM....Exactly what has he done for vets?

jack
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jack 08/30/09 - 03:29 pm
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wcr250 you post sounds a lot

wcr250 you post sounds a lot like Broun's characteristics in fact the same could be said for Broun verbatim where you have liberal put the word conservative there. There now read it with the inserted word.
Posted by jackfruitpaper833 on Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:01 PM....Only in that kookaid loaded peanut brain of yours. Barrow will tell you anything, promise anything, then do what Pilosi tells him.

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Asitisinaug 08/30/09 - 05:53 pm
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Hmmm....Vetrans medical care

Hmmm....Vetrans medical care is no good - we just added 40% more money to the program but that hasn't fixed the problems and according to Barrow isn't enough - we just need to throw more money at the government run Vetrans Health Care and of course that will fix the problem. Where does this money come from - of course the working citizens who actually pay taxes. The government can't even get it right for our vetrans, even after adding 40% more money (higher than insurance rates have ever increased) and yet now our President and many democrats in congress now want to control all health care. The only thing we need from our government is less of it and for them to take less taxes out of our checks each pay period.

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